Noble Jay Brewing Company hosts fundraiser Sunday for local Marine Corps veteran
East Lyme — Noble Jay Brewing Company, in collaboration with 2 Brothers Pizza of Salem, will be hosting a raffle fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in an effort to support Marine Corps veteran Steven LeSage of Plainfield on his hike across the entire American Discovery Trail, a 7,000-mile system of recreational trails and roads that collectively extend from California to Delaware.
LeSage is making the hike to raise awareness about veteran suicide prevention, post-traumatic stress disorder and mental health — a cause that is important to him after serving in the Marines Corps for a decade. LeSage was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served during three tours. Taking up hiking after those tours has helped LeSage cope with difficulties after leaving the service, Noble Jay owner Mike Lincoln said. LeSage also has since partnered with nonprofits True Patriot Incorporated and Mission 22 to support his cause.
The money raised at Sunday's event will be used to help LeSage throughout his 18-month hike, whether to help fix or repair gear while on the trail or simply stop for a hamburger along the way. Those interested in following LeSage on his journey can find him on Facebook at bit.ly/rambohikesFB.
Noble Jay Brewing Company is located at 11 Freedom Way, Unit D3, in Niantic.
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